How many children do you have, Elizabeth?

My daughter and grandchildren lived with me for a little more than 8 years. Last year she and the kids moved into an apartment, and my husband and I downsized to a smaller home.

My daughter works shifts and is always scheduled on Saturdays. She recently remarried and her new husband is busy getting his business going and works long hours. It is necessary that I take the kids on Saturdays but, of course, I would want to anyway! After so many years of having them with me 24/7, being away from them most of the week was an adjustment. Our Friday nights and Saturdays are very special to us. Sometimes, if my daughter and son-in-law want a date night, the kids stay until Sunday morning.

I was always a writer but lived in a bookkeeper’s body before I found Medium and broke free — well, almost. Working to work less and write more.

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